CB&W: S is for….

My response to Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge – anything that starts with the letter ‘S’

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Sea, sand, sky at Kerala’s Golden Beach, Varkala (India)

S is for  ….. Sea

S is for …… Sand

S is for ……. Sky

S is for …….. (wish i could say ‘Ship’ but it’s a boat!!)

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Cee’s B&W Photo Challenge: light

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Thought I should try to take part in more photography challenges. here is my entry to Cee’s B&W weekly challenge. The topic this week is ‘light’. What better way to start it than with shots taken from the ‘Diwali’ – the festival of lights! I had written about the festival in an earlier post, for those interested click here. In frame are shots of terracotta oil lamps. the second picture is a terracotta oil lamp with the motif of the two Hindu deities associated with the festival: the elephant-headed Ganesh and Lakhsmi the goddess of wealth.

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Turbulence at the Lake

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Scene depicting the turbulence at the Loktak Lake: Choreographed by CYCA Khurai

A moment from the play ‘Poubilai’ depicting the turbulence at the lake caused due to overt human activity that wreaks havoc to aquatic life leading finally to the emergence of the monstrous Poubilai sleeping in the belly of the lake from its deep slumber. He, in turn, turns his ferocity towards human kind as vengeance.

A production of the CYCA Khurai, the play was staged at the National Museum, Delhi  at the inauguration of the exhibition on ‘One Object Exhibition: Poubilai‘ organised by the Bhopal based institute of Indira Gandhi Rashtriya Manav Sangralay (IGRMS).

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The bell that does not toll

The silence depressed me.  It wasn’t the silence of silence.  It was my own silence.  ~Sylvia Plath, The Bell Jar

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the bell: experiments with light and shadow

A peep into my peafowl diary: Of Peacocks & Peahens

‘The pride of the peacock is the glory of god’ – William Blake

From my peafowl diaries

The courting season – entries from My Peafowl Diary

……….and that is what i call basking in someone else’s glory. Pea fowls frequent the little community centre right in front of my balcony on the first floor. I have usually photographed them from the same balcony. sometimes they look up to me – when they are on the ground; but very often they fly up to the second floor and look down on me. Sometimes they sit there as if posing for me and challenging me to take more shots. I took this shot last month when I found this peacock spreading out his wings in full glory but he did not want me anywhere near him and because of the iron rails of the center’s walls, i could not take a full blown picture of him. the peahens sure it made it up for me though!

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Night at the Golden Temple

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A Gateway to the Golden Temple overlooking Amrit Sarovar

It was ten at night and the Guru Granth Sahib had been taken to rest for the night but the place was still buzzing with life. Devotees were resting or doing voluntary services – cleaning, scrubbing, dusting, sweeping, mopping. The gateways do not have gates and welcome all people at any point of time.

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Absorbing the moment

Lucknow Imambara

enjoying the rains at Lucknow Imambara

It rained a short while when we visited the Imambara in Lucknow. we took shelter along the corridor. I guess she was also waiting for the rains to stop but in the meantime, she seemed to be enjoying the moment looking out the splashes and listening to the pitter-patter drops hitting the concrete ground of the lovely monument. She was not splashing around. She was not dancing in the rains. She did not seem forlorn. She did not seem to be in bliss. She was just absorbing the moment.

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